Friends of the W.H. Over Museum elect new officers, board of directors

Friends of the W.H. Over Museum elect new officers, board of directors The 34th annual meeting of the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum was held Saturday, Jan. 27 in Sletwold Hall.

About 70 members and guests assembled to share a pot luck dinner and to hear guest speaker Professor Larry Bradley tell of the archaeological finds on the southwestern edge of Vermillion. Some of the tools that have been unearthed date back probably as far as 10,000 years.

During the business meeting that concluded the evening members heard of needs for the building: an aging heating and cooling system and worn carpets, and the plans for raising money to cover the cost of upgrading our facility.

Election of the board of directors and officers for 2001 was held. New president, Maxine Johnson, closed the business meeting with a comment about the need for an increased number of volunteers.

"One opportunity for this," Johnson said, "is the new program at the university of encouraging students to do volunteer work and assigning credit to the hours spent in volunteer service to the community."

Persons with an expertise in areas related to the work of the Over Museum are encouraged to serve as advisors to the young people that would like to get involved in working at the museum. A wide variety of opportunities exist for those interested in either doing the work or consulting with those who do.

The museum is open daily and welcomes the opportunity to be of service to the people of this area. Guided tours are available as well as the chance to learn about what the Corps of Discovery found in our area. Call the museum, 677-5228, for details.

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